A super food is a particularly healthy or beneficial food. Granted, it’s also sometimes a term used to try to get you to buy an expensive smoothie, but there really are some foods that pack quite a nutritional punch. Make a little more room for superfoods in your life.
Beans and lentils
Beans are often touted as a good meat substitute (nutritionally) because they contain a similar amount of protein and calories, but more fiber and antioxidants. Slowly increase the amount you eat if you want to avoid the infamous side effects.
There can be as many antioxidants in an ounce of nuts as in a daily serving of fruits and vegetables. Daily! That doesn’t mean you should put half a pound of nuts in your mouth during your TV marathon, but don’t be afraid to include them in your diet if you like them and aren’t allergic. Other nuts are also very good for you.
Probiotic means “for life”, so it must be good, right? Don’t be gross or anything, but fermented foods have already been partially digested for you. If you’re lactose intolerant, you may be able to tolerate yogurt because the lactose is already partially broken down by delicious bacteria.
You already know that leafy greens like spinach, arugula, lettuce, and kale are healthy choices. Is there an easier way to increase your vegetable intake than with a big bowl of greens? Sprinkle more of these superfoods from this list on your salad and feel virtuous for the rest of the day. Greens are also a great addition to smoothies. Don’t shock your taste buds – start with a few leaves and work your way up.
Chia seeds aren’t just for ceramic pets anymore. It’s a trendy health food, packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Unlike flax seeds, your body can actually break down whole chia seeds and absorb the nutrients without further processing, such as grinding into flour. Chia pudding isn’t exactly a decadent dessert, but it’s worth a try.
All berries are quite nutritious and delicious, but blueberries stand out for their low glycemic index as well as their high content of antioxidants, fiber and vitamin C.
Don’t be afraid of a little fat, especially when it’s plant-based and good for tacos. All those monounsaturated fats help you digest those antioxidants we talked about.
Chocolate and Wine
A glass of red wine and a square of dark chocolate have a few things in common. They’re both great to look forward to at the end of the day, and they both have an abundance of apparent health benefits. If you eat chocolate for these benefits, make sure the only fat is cocoa butter. If you’re trying to lose or maintain weight, watch your portion sizes.